Big Weekend for the CBJ

Friday, 12.21.2007 / 2:08 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

December 21

Big weekend at Nationwide begins tonight as Jackets host the Los Angeles Kings before a 5 p.m. start Sunday against the Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets look to bring a halt to a two game losing streak against the Kings who arrived in town towing a five game losing skid of their own!

After this morning's pre-game skate Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock reiterated the teams need to get offense from others than simply relying on Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev. Both players are on negative points streaks... Nash is pointless in five and Zherdev pointless in three... But to quote Hitch here "It's not just the Rick and Nik show... we need others to contribute as well."

Personally, I think tonight is the night the two get it going and as Hitch says others need to join the parade as well!!!! Nash, as I mentioned has gone five consecutive games without a point. In Nash's entire NHL career he has never gone more than five straight games without a point! With the Kings in town, this might just be what the Doctor ordered. In Rick's last ten games against the Kings... he has 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points and is a plus 4, not to mention he has really worked hard in practice this week.

Good news starting to come on the injury front... David Vyborny returns to the lineup tonight and will play on a line with Zherdev and Novotny. Look for Mike Peca to return Sunday against Nashville. The Predators host the same Kings tomorrow night looking to end a five game losing streak of their own before flying to Columbus.

Duvie Westcott is tonight's healthy scratch joining Fredrik Modin in the press box. Freddie looked good this morning on the Nationwide Ice and should rejoin his teammates for practice after the two day Christmas break. With Westcott out this evening... look for Ron Hainsey to return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against Calgary.

 



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 12/27 @Nashville.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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